The Eastern astrological system, deeply rooted in Taoist and Buddhist traditions, offers some of the most profound personal guidance tools ever discovered, akin to a sea captain's compass or a pilot's navigation system. The Ba Zi and Zi Wei Dou Shu are two of the most insightful practices in this system, providing the choice to navigate life's storms or fly directly through its tempests.
In Chinese Astrology: Exploring the Eastern Zodiac, we explored the 12 earthly branches and their archetypal characteristics, the five essential elements, and the relevance of one's birth year. These branches and stems serve as stepping stones to navigate the deeper intricacies of Chinese astrology, with each day and time slot assigned an animal sign and element, completing the four pillars of destiny or the Ba Zi.
The Eastern astrological system uses the five elements, with emphasis on the "daymaster," ruling the day of your birth. The Zi Wei Dou Shu chart, the grandfather of all Chinese astrological specialties, is a life chart plotted in a rectangular rice paddy, taking us on a tour of our destiny through the 12 palaces or domains. Major and minor star energies move in and out of each life palace, revolving around the placement of the all-important Zi Wei or "emperor star," painting a rich personality portrait and assessing life options.
I hope this journey through these ancient arts will be beneficial and insightful. Remember, "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear."